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2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve BOUCHARD Père & Fils 2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve BOUCHARD Père & Fils
Settled in the heart of the Côte de Beaune since 1731, Bouchard Père & Fils know well the qualities of the terroirs of this southern section of the Côte d'Or. For their Bourgogne Blanc Réserve, they have selected fine Chardonnay fruit from various parcels of vineyard for their complementary qualities. The result is a delicious if less expensive white Burgundy that would serve as a worthy entrée to the far more expensive white wines from the Côte de Beaune. Pale yellow gold in color with aromas of citrus and stone and just a subtle toast from oak; at once smooth and round and crisp and compelling on the tongue with a fine delicate flavor, and a freshness and satisfyingness that belie its ever so reasonable price. Regularly $17.50 the bottle, on sale now at:
$14.99 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2012 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus BOUCHARD Père & Fils 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus BOUCHARD Père & Fils
(25% vendange entier; these vines were the first to be picked along with the Teurons, on September 17; only partly racked): Good dark red. Pungent aromas of black cherry and licorice. Supple but cool and dry in the mouth, with a savory quality to the black cherry and mint flavors. Very fine-grained wine with excellent length and a light touch, clearly in an early-harvest style. A majority of these vines date back to 1953. Rated 92. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, January/February, 2014.
$115.00 the bottle  $1173.00 the case

2011 Corton Clos des Cortons FAIVELEY
Good deep red. A bit darker on the nose than the grand crus from Gevrey-Chambertin, offering explosive aromas of crushed raspberry, black cherry, exotic spices and a touch of smoke. Compellingly rich and seamless in the mouth, with terrific sappy verve to the urgent flavors of red berries, minerals and game. The very long, slowly rising finish boasts outstanding energy and thrust and saturates the mouth with sweet perfume. Rated (93-96). ‑ Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar January/February 2013
$200.00 the bottle  $1020.00 the case of six

2013 Mâcon‑Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2013 Mâcon‑Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay
The "Les Charmes" vineyard near the village of Lugny in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy is prized for its exceptional southern exposure and for the age of its vines, averaging some 40 years of age on the whole. Around here, we prize its production as among the surest of bets for value in white wine. Vinified entirely in stainless steel and bottled sans bois, that is, unlumbered, 100% unencumbered by oak, at the nearby Cave de Lugny; green‑gold in color, the wine is fresh and vibrant with aromas that would suggest hazelnut, citrus flower and acacia honeys on a foundation of refreshing summer rains on limestone; medium‑bodied, ample in weight, with a clean, crisp and lasting flavor on the finish. Given the consistently excellent quality and its extremely fair price, it’s not much wonder that Mâcon‑Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay is the best‑selling white Burgundy in the United States! Regularly $12.99 the bottle, on sale now at:
$9.99 the bottle  $119.88 the case

2011 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands FAIVELEY
(bottled a couple days before my visit): Bright red. Redcurrant, truffle and cedar on the nose. Silky-sweet in the mouth, nicely leavened by ripe acidity. Finishes sweet and persistent. A wine from deep soil in a warm, sunny spot. Rated 88. ‑ Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar January/February 2013
$40.00 the bottle  $204.00 the case of six


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